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Pershing Gold Completes $11.1 Million Private Placement

LAKEWOOD, Colo., Aug. 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pershing Gold Corporation (OTCBB:PGLC) announced today that it has completed its private placement of Series E Convertible Preferred Stock and warrants with a total of $11.1 million in gross proceeds, including amounts that were previously disclosed.

The private placement consisted of the issuance of a total of 11,185 shares of Series E Convertible Preferred Stock for $990 per share. Each share of Series E Convertible Preferred Stock is convertible into shares of common stock at a conversion rate of 3,000 shares of common stock for each share of Series E Convertible Preferred (equivalent to a conversion price of $0.33 per share of common stock), or 33,555,000 shares of common stock in the aggregate. The investors also received three-year warrants to purchase an aggregate of 13,422,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $0.40 per share. These amounts include shares of Series E Convertible Preferred Stock and warrants that were issued to the remaining lender under the Credit Facility Agreement dated February 23, 2011, as amended, in exchange for the outstanding principal and accrued interest of approximately $646,000 owed by the Company under the Credit Facility Agreement.

The Company expects to use the net proceeds of the private placement for advancement of the Company's Relief Canyon project and for general corporate purposes. "This financing is a significant milestone for Pershing Gold," said Stephen Alfers, Pershing Gold's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "This financing enables us to advance aggressively our work at the Relief Canyon Mine by expanding and upgrading our NI 43-101 compliant resource through our drilling programs now underway and planned for the remainder of 2013, and by completing the engineering, metallurgy, and hydrology work needed for a preliminary economic analysis planned in 2014."

"This financing was led by Barry Honig, Pershing Gold's founder and a leading shareholder, joined by members of our management team. In addition," Alfers continued, "I am pleased to note that this financing attracted significant new investors."

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